San Antonio Symphony

Classical Spotlight
9:42 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lang-Lessing Brings Symphonies And Concertos To Brahms Festival

Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

San Antonio Symphony debuts on its curated concerts at the Majestic

While the San Antonio Symphony usually plays one pair of identical subscription concerts, their Brahms Festival will show different programs each day. The festival and concerts started back in January, but this Friday will mark the symphony's first concerts for the festival.

Kirill Gerstein will perform both Piano Concertos and the other half of the Friday and Saturday concerts will have the First and Second Symphonies.

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Classical Spotlight
3:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Karen Kamensek Leads Unique Concert With San Antonio Symphony

Conductor Karen Kamensek at TPR
John Clare / Texas Public Radio

Program has rarities from Chabrier and Ives

While this weekend's program is setup traditionally as an overture, concerto and symphony, the music is more than just everyday. "If anything is typical, it's the concerto that we're playing, the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, which itself isn't typical, but it's the one where people might know the melodies," says Karen Kamensek.

The return of this former Houston Opera conductor to Texas also welcomes an American gem, Charles Ives' Symphony No. 2.

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Classical Spotlight
12:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

San Antonio Symphony's Jeff Garza Polishes Rare Mozart Gem

Jeff Garza at the TPR Studios
John Clare TPR

Jeff Garza solos with the symphony this weekend in Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto

You often see Jeff Garza at the back of the orchestra, leading the San Antonio Symphony horn section, but this weekend, you'll have the chance to hear Jeff also shine in a concerto, out in front of the orchestra!

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Classical Spotlight
12:53 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Holiday Pops For All Ages With San Antonio Symphony & Children's Chorus

Conductor Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

There are three chances to go to Holiday Pops and hear seasonal favorites with Akiko Fujimoto and the San Antonio Symphony featuring guest vocalists Cristal Smith, Eric Schmidt, and the Children's Chorus of San Antonio this weekend.

The first two concerts are at the Majestic Theatre and include holiday classics by Leroy Anderson, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and John Rutter.

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Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5:15 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Tobin Center Reaches New Heights With Final Steel Beam

Construction workers involved with the Tobin Center secure a 5-ton steel beam to crane to be lifted. The resting Live Oak tree will be planted on the center's grounds.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

A five-ton 48-foot purple steel beam spotted with signatures and adorned with the Texas and U.S. flags now sits on top of the Tobin Center. Bruce Bugg, chair of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation said the topping of the structure is the end of one phase of the reconstruction.

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San Antonio Performing Arts
7:12 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Fishman Steps Down: San Antonio Symphony Changes Leadership

The San Antonio Symphony rehearses for the opening of the 2012 season.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Symphony President and CEO Jack Fishman has resigned from his leadership post at the orchestra. Fishman took the reins of the symphony in 2008.

However, after four years of guiding the organization, his resignation was offered Tuesday and was effective immediately.

Fishman told the San Antonio Express-News the resignation was a personal decision and “It's time to move on to another direction.”

The symphony board has appointed David Filner as interim president and CEO, and the board is starting a national search to find a permanent replacement.

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Classical Spotlight
2:05 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Akiko Fujimoto Leads The Nutcracker: Russian Ballet And Italian Baroque On Tap For Symphony

Akiko Fujimoto
Eric Green

Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.

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Classical Spotlight
2:06 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Polish Pianist Ewa Kupiec Returns To Symphony For Impressionistic Masterpiece

Ewa Kupiec
Laion

Ewa Kupiec plays Ravel's masterful Piano Concerto in G

Ewa has previously played Beethoven in San Antonio, and performed with maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing several times, including the work they'll play this weekend.

"I trust him [Lang-Lessing], which is essential these days, when you're breathing together, and making music together, without tension, you know what is coming next, and you enjoy each other!"

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Classical Spotlight
12:23 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Inspirational Gardens: Pianist Martina Filjak Solos With San Antonio Symphony

Pianist Martina Filjak
Romano Grozich

"It's harder than it looks. You practice it, and it seems pretty straight forward. But when you add the orchestra, with the scoring and rhythms, it is not as easy as it seems, in fact it is really hard!" said Martina Filjak discussing Nights in the Gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla.

Martina has played the piece for ten years now, and recently visited the gardens that inspired the work in Sierra de Cordoba.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:40 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Indianapolis Symphony Returns, Seattle May Strike And Philly Reboots

After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
Thomas J. Russo Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 8:57 am

  • Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
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